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The One Thing Mike Tyson Wouldn’t Dare to Do in Front of Cus D’Amato

Published 09/25/2022, 11:15 AM EDT

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Back in the late 1980s, Mike Tyson was strutting his way toward greatness with his unconventional style of boxing and quick knockouts. He was known for his temper, and use of profanity that made his opponents fear him even before entering the squared circle. However, there was one man who he revered and never used abusive language in front of him. 

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Mike Tyson grew up in a bad neighborhood which led him to wrongful roads that led toward crime. He was often sent to juvenile detention centers in his teenage because of his crime. Amidst this, his interest in boxing made him leave everything and focus on it. 


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In the early days when he started boxing, he found Cus D’Amato. ‘Iron Mike’ never shies off from speaking about his idol, who changed his life. As per The Guardian, Tyson was asked, “What does he think D’Amato would say to him if he saw the film and knew how his life had panned out? ” ‘You swear too much!’ “

He grins, “I never swore in front of him.”

Well, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ states that he never swore in front of D’Amato. It was him who gave a direction to Tyson’s life and made him one of the finest boxers of all time.

Mike Tyson opens up about who would win between him and Tyson Fury 


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‘Iron Mike’ retired from the sport in 2005, however, fans still compare him with different boxers. The heavyweight division of boxing is one of the most interesting and competitive divisions for decades. In his prime, Tyson was ruling it as he became the youngest heavyweight champion at the age of 20. Fans often compare him with Tyson Fury, and try to speculate who would win between the two. 

Recently the veteran athlete was in conversation with MMA Moments, where he opens up on the subject. He said, “Listen, just him being Tyson Fury shows my greatness. I don’t wanna know. I don’t care if he can beat me or not, his name is Tyson. He’s named after the greatest fighter to ever live.”  


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Written by:

Shashank Wankhede


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Shashank Wankhede is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. When it comes to boxing, the blockbuster film 'Rocky' sparked his interest in the sport. He holds Muhammad Ali in great regard and is a sincere admirer of his narrative, struggle, and accomplishments.
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Pritam Priyedarshi